Thursday, June 16, 2011

S'mores Blondies

So last night I went out with a couple of my girlfriends who I have known for almost 15 years.

Unfortunately between the craziness of life and the distance between us, it seems we don't get together nearly as often as we should.  But we had so much fun catching up over dinner & some cocktails, and as we were reminiscing about old times it started turning into griping about new times. 

Mainly, the fact that once you get to be around 30 years of age, your appearance really starts to change.

And... it can be a little disconcerting.

Some of it is the result of not realizing that when you're young & dumb, you will pay for it later.

Like baking in the sun all day without sunscreen.

Especially when you lived at the beach your whole life, and then went to college in Florida.

Stupid, stupid, STUPID.

Then again, other problems seem to crop up out of nowhere.

For instance, despite the beautiful weather outside, my friend observed that the three of us were all wearing cardigans - not because they're cute, but (as we all admitted) because showing the upper arm/back area has started to get downright dicey.

Not that any of us are overweight, it just seems like things that used to be tight are suddenly... er.... not-so-tight.

As my one friend put it, she woke up one day and noticed she had 'a couple of steaks' on either side of her back.

Now while that is definitely an exaggeration, I will say I know the feeling.

And the worst part is that it's only the beginning.


Something tells me these blondies probably aren't helping? 

Good thing Mr. Vittles spared me the calories & single-handedly ate the entire pan.

Smore's Blondies

  • 1/2 C. Butter (1 stick), melted and cooled slightly
  • 1 C. brown sugar, packed
  • 1 egg
  • 1 t. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 + 1/3 C. all purpose flour
  • 1/4 C. whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/2 C. Graham Cracker Crumbs
  • 1/4 t. salt
  • 1/4 t. baking powder
  • 3 1-oz. semisweet chocolate squares, chopped (1/2 C.) or chocolate chunks
  • 1 C. miniature marshmallows

Preheat oven to 350F.

Beat together melted butter and brown sugar until smooth.  Add egg and vanilla extract, mix well.

Combine flours, graham cracker crumbs, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl.  Beat butter & sugar mixture on low, and with mixer running, add dry ingredients slowly.  Mix just until no flour streaks remain.  Add chocolate and marshmallows and mix to distribute evenly.

Press into a greased 8 or 9 inch square baking dish (dough will be pretty stiff).  Bake 20-25 minutes, do not over bake (22 minutes was perfect for me).  The blondies should be very soft when you take them out.  Cool completely.

Recipe Adapted from Shove It In Your Face


  1. Oh, gosh. I know. Everything is...saggier now. And it doesn't firm up like it used to. I'm jealous your Mr. will eat your goodies, mine is too married to his WW food. ;)

  2. ahhh I love this! haha i hope you got at least one of these! I'm sure these can't help the way we look, but they can definitely keep us sane! :) thanks for the wonderful recipe!

  3. I really think that all those stars that wear sleeveless shirts must have had surgery to get rid of that extra. After all, Jennifer Anniston and Julia Roberts are not 25 anymore and being skinny has nothing to do with it.
    At least we can enjoy things like this instead of being on a lifetime diet like those two probably are!

  4. I know exactly what you mean! But I would still gladly eat a pan-full of those blondies in spite of all the sagging. They look fabulous! I must try this soon.. Thanks for sharing your recipe :)

  5. Laughed about the "steaks"...I had to take up running to even remotely begin to shift mine :-)

    But I know I'll never give up brownies or blondies, so running it'll have to be!

  6. Not even 25 yet and my body has taken a beating from pregnancy. I can only imagine how it will be when I hit 30. Living in the South I am taking your warning about applying the suncreen. EVERYDAY. I love brownies and it's recipes like this that I can't say no to. Yummy!

  7. Oh, I so know the feeling. Being that I am 32, I have a couple years on you :) I took up running 3 years ago, and unfortunately it hasn't shifted everything back to where it should be - maybe I should stop eating stuff like these gorgeous bars. All that melty chocolate has me drooing!

  8. I think I could probably eat the whole pan of these. They look soo good!

  9. The key is to eat the blondies... and then go running! LOL! And I love getting together with my girl friends... there's really nothing like it!

  10. Oh I can definitely relate! I hate the fat on the back of the arms, and it did happen after I turned 30. I need to go to the gym again so I can continue to eat things such as these delicious treats that you are showcasing. WOW...s'mores blondies... WOW!

  11. Oh my gosh...yum! I want these now!

  12. Batwings or not I can't wait to make these! I will be polite and share, but not many. Wouldn't it be to over the top to have Moscato with these?

  13. Another good use of the s'more idea! Thanks for sharing.

  14. Nice! So excited someone actually made something from a recipe I posted. Gonna have to make these, thanks girl!


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